Labour wants to plunge York further into debt

£75,000 salary for “Children’s Commissioner”

A huge increase in borrowing is proposed in a Labour party amendment to the York Councils budget plans.

£2.5 million extra will be borrowed with more being taken from reserves currently earmarked to provide additional social housing.

They say, most of the extra money will be spent on reducing “damp” in Council housing. The Council had already let a contract for £2 million to address this issue on 11th May.

The Council has record debt levels with over 22% of what a resident pays in Council Tax set to be spent on interest charges by 2022.

Plans for a “Children’s Commissioner” on a fat cat £75k salary, appear to be equally misguided. The Council has a well-paid Executive Councillor with responsibilities in the same area.

Labour also plans to cut £1/4 million from the “safer communities” crime reduction budget. This is an extraordinary misjudgement of the problems that exist in parts of the City with anti-social behaviour, drug misuse, graffiti and vandalism on the increase.

Instead money would be spent on two additional talking shops; a “Human Rights Commission” and a “Carbon Neutral City Citizens Assembly” are proposed.

The only part of the Labour plan which might gain some support is a proposed investment of £40,000 in reducing, to one day, the target time taken to remove “fly tipping”. Some may, however, feel that the first step should be to improve bulky waste collection arrangements and reintroduce regular visits by “skips” to key estates.

The Council’s revised budget proposals will be debated tomorrow (Wednesday)

Small things affect a City’s image

There were some raised eyebrows yesterday when the Council announced that £40,000 from a “rates pooling system” would be spent on art initiatives on the Castle car park.  

The project was touted as being integral to the consultations still taking place on the future of the “Castle Gateway” area.

 That is the consultation which started off in an exemplary and inclusive way but which is now disappearing into a mass of self-contradictions and public agonising. 

Projecting artwork images onto Clifford’s Tower will tell us little more than we already know.

So, what could £40,000 buy that might make a bigger, and probably more sustained, difference to the York visitor economy?

The answer may lie in what you see when you look out of a train window when approaching the City. The Minster dominates the skyline but lower down we have a different picture.  We have our fair share of graffiti and weed infested public spaces.

It affects the image of the City and gives an impression of neglect.

The priority given to environmental crime by the Council can be seen in a report that its executive will receive next week. It reviews the successes and failures of the last year.

Littering and dog fouling don’t merit a mention. Prosecutions for those offences are rare

The number of graffiti cases does get a passing mention. There has been a recent upward trend in reports. N

o information is provided on the number of successful prosecutions.

Graffiti reports in York

It seems that people may have stopped reporting issues because the Council refuses to address those that are on “private property”. This includes boundary walls and telecoms junction cabinets. The real impact is probably much greater than the authorities will currently admit.

Some Councillors commendably are taking local initiatives.

In Dringhouses Cllr Stephen Fenton has been out with a graffiti removal kit.

Independent Councillor Mark Warters has called for the owners of street cabinets (companies like Virgin Media) to be more systematic in getting graffiti removed quickly.

The new LibDem administration has promised to reinstate the Street Environment Officer system which worked well during the last decade when dealing with environmental crime issues.

All these initiatives are welcome.

However, an initial clean-up of all graffiti in the City followed by the deployment of camera surveillance to identify any repeat offenders would be a good way to invest any LCR funds which may be available.

Man assaulted by three attackers on Foxwood cycle path

A man was left with injuries to his face after he was attacked on a cycle path in York.

Man assaulted by three attackers on York cycle path

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about the incident, which occurred on Chesney Fields at around 12.05am on Saturday (25 May).

A man was walking home across the cycle path when three males approached and attacked him. The victim was left with facial injuries and the three suspects ran towards Gale Lane. Other members of the public stopped and provided first aid and reassurance until police arrived.

The victim was then taken to hospital where he was later released.

We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In particular, we are appealing for information about anyone who witnessed the incident occur or knows who is responsible.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for David Ellison. You can also email david.ellison0041@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12190093733

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Local policing: North Yorkshire’s Community Messaging reaches 30,000 members as new and improved smartphone app is launched

North Yorkshire Police’s innovative community messaging system has reached 30,000 members as it re-launches with a new smartphone app.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging is a free system that lets people register to receive the latest crime notifications and community news in their neighbourhoods.

The new and improved app, available to download for iOS and Android devices, takes advantage of geolocation technology, allowing users to receive important alerts that are relevant to them – wherever they are in North Yorkshire.

The app also allows member of the public to share relevant alerts that they have received to their friends and family by email, WhatsApp, instant messaging sand social media.

More than 30,000 people across the county are now signed up to receive alerts and in the last year, 4,296 alerts were sent out by North Yorkshire Police to the public, businesses, and Rural and Neighbourhood Watch groups across the across the county.

This equates to a staggering 3,342,235 messages reaching the public across all channels including email, the previous app, SMS, social media and the website.

Members of the public who sign up to the system can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive, their preferred channel (phone, text, or email) and the locations that matter to them. Topics include:

•         Crime and other police incidents, including missing people and witness appeals;

•         Rural policing, including crimes against farms and rural businesses;

•         Anti-social behaviour;

•         Road safety, including road closures and traffic updates; and

•         Neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings.

They can also opt to receive push notifications straight to their smartphones and tablets from the app if they wish.

Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine, lead in force for Local Policing at North Yorkshire Police, said:

“Local policing is at the very heart of everything we do at North Yorkshire Police and our Community Messaging system is just one of the many ways we’re trying to provide the right support, at the right time to our communities.

“Our Neighbourhood Policing Teams already use community messaging to raise awareness of recent crime trends, highlight the availability of property marking sessions, and inform the public about upcoming crime prevention operations with over 4,000 alerts sent in the last year.

“In addition, the geolocation function on the new app is a particularly useful tool in rural areas, where alerts can be shared to an audience across a wide area very quickly.

“We’re extremely proud to reach 30,000 members on Community Messaging and would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who takes the time to provide information and intelligence in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

“Day in and day out you help us to make a difference in North Yorkshire – we couldn’t do it without you.”

If you are already a member

If you are already a member and would like to download the new app, just search “Everbridge” via the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android devices and then search for “North Yorkshire”. The App will then link you to North Yorkshire Community Messaging specific notifications.

Alternatively, please visit nycm.co.uk.

If you are not a member but would like to sign up

Signing up to North Yorkshire Community Messaging is free, easy, and takes less than five minutes. Just visit nycm.co.uk on a smartphone or PC to get started.

Alternatively, to download the app and sign up please visit the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Googl

Six men ordered to pay £2000 for urinating in public in York

York Magistrates have sentenced six men to pay £1,983 for urinating in public following work between City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city.

On Tuesday 24 April 2019, York Magistrates heard that Andrew Brearley (aged 47 of Wistow Road, Selby) was found by a police officer, urinating near the entrance to the car park on Tanner Row, York, around 9pm on Saturday 2 February 2019.

Mr Brearley, who apologised for his actions following the incident, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £117, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Patrick John McHugh (aged 30 of Carr Lane, York) was seen by a police officer, urinating against a wall in full view of passing people near Toft Green towards Micklegate, York around 3:30am on Saturday 26 January 2019.

Mr McHugh pleaded guilty by post and was fined £117, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

York Magistrates (on 23 April 2019) also heard that George James McCormick (aged 18 of Mill Lane, Basted, Sevenoaks) was found by a police officer, urinating against a gate in Toft Green, York at 12:15am on Friday 18 January 2019.

Mr McCormick continued to urinate despite being approached by an officer. He failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. Mr McCormick was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Paul Raymond Baldwin (aged 33 of Temple Street, Gateshead) was found by a York BID Ranger, urinating in the doorway of a sweet shop on Low Ousegate, York at 7:45pm on Saturday 2 February 2019.

Mr Baldwin, who was visibly intoxicated, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £131, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Emlyn Thomas (aged 37 of Sutton Way, Clifton, York) was also seen by a York BID Ranger urinating against a wall in York city centre at 11:25am on Wednesday 13 February 2019, in view of passing people.

Mr Thomas failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £60 based on a benefits assessment, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Yesterday (23 April 2019), York Magistrates also heard that Peter Edward Stableford (aged 50 of Holyrood Drive, Rawcliffe, York) was found by a police officer, urinating at the entrance of the car park in Toft Green at 11:35pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

Mr Stableford pleaded guilty by post and was fined £294, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30

York crime update

CCTV appeal following York food outlet assault

Police have issued CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to about an assault at a food outlet in York.

CCTV appeal following York food outlet assault

At about 3am on Sunday 15 November 2015, an assault took place in Subway on Clifford Street, leaving the victim – a man in his twenties – with minor facial injuries.

Police would like to speak to the three men pictured on CCTV, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation into the incident.

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police. Call 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Joanne Marshall. You can also email joanne.marshall@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150203051 in connection with this incident.

Man wanted for breach of bail and failing to attend court

North Yorkshire Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted for breaching his bail conditions and failing to appear in court.

Alexander Ighodalo

Alexander Ighodalo, 36, who lives in Markham Street, York, but holds dual Nigerian and Italian citizenship, was charged with money laundering and fraud offences in December relating to a £42,000 fraud.

He failed to comply with his bail conditions during January and failed to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 7 January 2016.

Mr Ighodalo also has links to the Manchester area and the security industry.

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

If you can help the police investigation to find Alexander Ighodalo, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Investigation Hub.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150204645 when passing on information.

Diarrhoea drugs theft – suspect on the run?

CCTV appeal following theft of diarrhoea drugs from chemist
CCTV Malton 1

Police want to speak to this man after diarrhoea medicine was stolen from a chemist in Malton.

Staff at Superdrug in Wheelgate reported that Imodium tablets had been stolen. The incident took place at around 10.30am on Friday, 4 December 2015.

Anyone who recognises the man, who is around 5ft 8ins tall and in his late 40s or 50s, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Louise Neville-Beck.

Please quote reference number NYP-04122015-0134.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted for breach of bail and failing to attend court

North Yorkshire Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted for breaching his bail conditions and failing to appear in court.

Alexander Ighodalo

Alexander Ighodalo, 36, who lives in Markham Street, York, but holds dual Nigerian and Italian citizenship, was charged with money laundering and fraud offences in December relating to a £42,000 fraud.

He failed to comply with his bail conditions during January and failed to appear at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 7 January 2016.

Mr Ighodalo also has links to the Manchester area and the security industry.

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows of his current whereabouts to contact them.

If you can help the police investigation to find Alexander Ighodalo, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Investigation Hub.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150204645 when passing on information.

York Council publishes list of sinners

Scam busters Jan 2016
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The York Council has published a list of individuals that it has had to take legal action against between 1st April and 30th September.

A report explains what action was taken and explains why cautions were issued in some cases.

The list includes

  • 6 cases where cafes breached Food safety and hygiene regulations and were prosecuted plus another 6 cases where cautions were issued
  • 3 cases under trading standards legislation
  • 3 more serious fraud cases
  • 134 cases where Council house tenants were prosecuted for breaches of tenancy conditions (mainly anti-social behaviour with costs awarded varying up to £357 per tenant)
  • 108 cases where evictions form Council properties was sought because of rent arrears.
  • 6 other cases where possession of a council house was sought including a case of non occupation

Perhaps surprisingly no mention is made of any Fixed Penalties Notices issued to dog owners who did not clean up after their pets. 

The report will be discussed on 19th January

44 crimes reported in Front Street area during November 2015

There was a significant increase in the level of crimes reported in the Front Street area (polling district KB) in November 2015 compared to the same month in 2014. 

A graph shows a steady increase in crime reports over the last year. The figures have been taken from the Police web site 

Most of the reports concern anti-social behaviour – which has increased since the opening of a centralised “hub” in the City centre which appears to have drawn police resources away from the Westfield area.

There have also been a significant number of shoplifting reports.

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The number of crimes reported by type are:

  • Anti Social behaviour 13 
  • Cycle theft 1
  • Burglary 3
  • Criminal damage and arson 5
  • Drugs 1
  • Theft 4
  • Public order 1
  • Shop lifting 11
  • Vehicle Crime 1
  • Violence and sexual offences 4

This compares with a total of 30 offences reported in November 2014

Crime levels in Acomb remain relatively low compared to most other parts of the country.

The Crime and Policing commissioner Julia Mulligan is consulting on whether to increase the police tax level from April, although no assurances have been given that any extra money raised will be used to increase street level policing resources in west York.

Julia Mulligan faces a re-election ballot on May 5th.

Policing news: Special constable recruitment starts, 2 sought after alcohol theft

 

Special Constable recruitment opens. Make a difference – join the team

North Yorkshire Police is looking to recruit at least 70 new Special Constables during its 2016 recruitment campaign which opens on 4 January.

Specials May 2015

Special Constables are volunteer police officers who have the same uniform and powers as regular (paid) police officers. They volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per month to policing York and North Yorkshire and carry out a full range of operational, front-line duties.

North Yorkshire Police currently has 198 Special Constables and is looking for new recruits to be based in every district of North Yorkshire.

“Specials” as they are known, come from all walks of life and backgrounds which means that they bring with them a whole host of skills and abilities which complement those of their regular (paid) colleagues.

They go through a rigorous training programme before they qualify to go out on the beat where they cover a wide range of duties from policing public events, to attending emergency incidents.

They can also choose to undertake further training and specialise in a particular area of policing such as public order, (policing protests, football matches etc) and roads policing.

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CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after fraudulent vouchers were used to buy alcohol in York.

CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud 1

At about 5.40pm on 5 November 2015, two men entered the Asda store in Monks Cross, and selected a large amount of alcohol from the shelf, worth about £320. They scanned this through a self-service checkout, and paid for it using a quantity of £5 money-off vouchers. The vouchers were later found to be fraudulent.

Despite extensive enquiries, the men involved have not yet been identified.

Police would like to speak to the two men pictured on CCTV, as they may have important information that could assist the investigation.

CCTV issued after York alcohol voucher fraud 2

Anyone who recognises the men is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police. Please call 101, select option 2, and ask for PC Michael Cooper. You can also email michael.cooper@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12150198645 in connection with this incident.